Local politicians trade jabs at St. Patrick's Day breakfast

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March 18, 2012, 6:55 pm
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(NECN: Scot Yount, Boston, Mass.) - The South Boston St. Patrick's Day breakfast never disappoints. It is the one day that the political jabs are comedic, which means it is the one day where the pols say what they really think.

"It's Tim Murray," said State Senator Jack Hart.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray knew his car crash last winter would be fodder for jokes and so beat everyone to it by showing up in his expert driver togs.

"But I don't want anyone to worry about it because this morning as acting governor I signed an executive order changing the speed limit to 108 miles an hour," joked Murray.

He said he wanted to release all the information from his crash.

"And then I saw the Suffolk University poll that showed that 60 percent of the people in Massachusetts have no idea who I am," joked Murray.

Every year, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown knows his days as a model will come up.

"And I am actually pleased Jack that you brought up the centerfold, and I was wondering, do you still have that on your screen saver, or did you give it to Stevie," jokingly asked Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown.

Brown is running for re-election against newcomer Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

"And I see that the professor Warren is here, and I hope you didn't get lost leaving Cambridge again today," joked Brown.

This is Warren's first time here.
"One day Scott Brown is a centerfold for Cosmo, the next day, he is a poster boy for Goldman Sachs," joked Warren. "I too was once a centerfold, in the only magazine that would have me, Consumer Reports."

"You know I have been coming to this breakfast so long I remember when it was funny," joked Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Menino joked about his often criticized jumbled speech, talking about how tough it is to run for office.

"That's why the pundits say it is easier said than done, except for me, where things are actually easier done than said," joked Menino.

Another newcomer, young Joe Kennedy III who is running for congress, heard plenty of jokes about his youth.

"I'm very sorry to be late, my mom made me promise to clean my room before I came," joked Kennedy.

He also unveiled a top ten list from the campaign trail.

"Number 7, I thought carrot top retired. Number 6, I didn't know Conan O'Brien was running for office," joked Kennedy.

Governor Deval Patrick missed the event, as he was out of town. In a taped skit, Senator Hart sets out to find him.

"Calm down I know people are in a frenzy, but I've got an important announcement to make, the governor is missing," said Hart in the skit.

Finally the governor is found. Where else, but in South Boston.

"Come on Jack, Southie is my hometown," joked Patrick.

Tags: Scott Brown, Deval Patrick, Tom Menino, Tim Murray, politics, Elizabeth Warren, breakfast, politicians, Joe Kennedy III, St. Patricks Day Breakfast, St. Patricks Day
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